Sarah Paulson (“American Horror Story”) is keeping her schedule full during her time off from “AHS.” The critically acclaimed scream queen joins Ansel Elgort (“Baby Driver”) and Aneurin Barnard (“Dunkirk”) in the John Crowley (“Brooklyn”) film, which is an adaptation of Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer-winning novel “The Goldfinch.”
“The Goldfinch” follows Theodore Decker (Elgort), a young man who survives a terrorist bombing in an art museum that kills his mother. Wheeling from his mother’s death, Decker begins a wayward journey through the underworld of art forgeries, and finds himself living in Las Vegas with his deadbeat dad. Barnard will play Boris and Paulson will play Xandra, the girlfriend of Theo’s father, according to Variety. “The Goldfinch” was inspired by a real painting of the golden bird from Carel Fabritius, a young artist who died in the Delft gunpowder magazine explosion of 1654, which also blew up his studio and much of his work. Since her novel’s runaway success, the painting and its creator have also shot to fame.
Warner Bros. and Amazon Studios are co-financing and co-producing the project, which is set for production early next year. According to their agreement with Warner Bros., Amazon will invest around $40 million, over a third of “The Goldfinch’s” budget, in return for exclusive streaming and pay-TV rights. Warner Bros. will handle worldwide theater distribution.
Paulson is best known for her work on Ryan Murphy’s horror anthology “American Horror Story,” and has also found critical acclaim for her role in “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson,” which earned an Oscar and Primetime Emmy. She stunned critics with her roles in “Carol” and “Blue Jay,” and just finished shooting Steven Spielberg’s “The Post” and the all-female reboot of “Ocean’s Eleven,” “Ocean’s Eight.” Along with “The Goldfinch,” Paulson has boarded M. Night Shyamalan’s “Glass” and “Ratched,” a reboot of “The Shining” from Murphy. She’s also joined Sandra Bullock (“Gravity”) in the upcoming apocalyptic thriller “Bird Box.”
Paulson is repped by CAA. “The Goldfinch” begins production in early 2018.